Friday, 17 May 2013
Friday, 10 May 2013
If you've never been to Giant's Causeway I'd definitely recommend it. It is so much bigger than I imagined and it's amazing just to be able to walk over all the hexagons. I'm really looking forward to going back. In fact, the whole Antrim Coast is gorgeous, especially if the sun shines like the last time I was there...finger crossed!
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
Monday, 6 May 2013
No posts on Saturday or Sunday for me as I was away in the gorgeous Dumfries and Galloway for a birthday trip! This is a quick one too and written on the ipad so I apologise for any formatting issues in advance.
My husband doesn't get bank holidays off work so they're usually my 'me time'. I had planned to spend today doing a bit of crochet, tidying up the house and maybe popping into the shops with my birthday vouchers. However, my mum and dad decided to come and visit me for my birthday which scuppers those plans. We went for a couple of drinks last night and they've just gone off to the museum near my flat while I do a little bit of housework and write this blog post! I'm meeting them in half an hour for lunch then my dad wants to go to the shops. He's definitely the biggest shopaholic in our family.
In past years the May Day bank holiday has traditionally meant a Sunday night out for my birthday. Now I like to enjoy a relaxing day and savour the four day working week-proper sign of getting old!
Friday, 3 May 2013
This year we are both off work for the day and we're taking a trip down to Dumfries, somewhere neither of us really know. I'm hoping for sunshine, walks, relaxation and scones!
I hope you all have a lovely day too
Thursday, 2 May 2013
When I was young daffodils grew everywhere and we used to pick them for money in the school Easter holidays. Your flowers were scrutinised to make sure they were the correct length of stem. It was so nerve-wracking to take them up to the man in charge in case he refused them and you didn't get paid! Ah, the good old days.
The flowers in the scientific glassware were on the tables at my friend's wedding recently. We shared a bench when we worked in the lab and her old boss lent her all the different flasks which were then filled with a gorgeous mix of wildflowers. They were very much admired, and not just by the scientists!
Tonight I'm off to the opening of a new exhibition at my work, lured in by the promise of canapes and bubbly, before I finish for a long weekend. I'm hoping the weather remains spring-like but having seen the forecast this morning I'm not hopeful.
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Thursday, 7 March 2013
Weekend waffle making and a trip to Summerlee while the sunshine lasted.
Five times in 2 days I’ve been asked if I was a student. I am under no illusions that it was out of desperation to get votes in the student elections rather than my youthful looks, but I’ll still take it as a win. I cleared out my jewellery box - a long overdue task. I got some stacking ones for Christmas that have been sitting in my bedroom looking very pretty but completely empty.
Last night I spread out every bit of jewellery I own on the floor. Lots of reminders stored in that box; of family and friends, a high school dance, special birthdays, weddings or just the memory of buying something. Everything was picked up, examined, organised and put away in its new place. I’ve resolved to try and wear more jewellery as I have lots that had been forgotten - starting today with these little silver earrings.
Crochet friends to send off for Mothers' Day!
I finished ‘Great House’ by Nicole Krauss, I didn’t love it. I found the interweaving stories a bit confusing and it all felt a bit literary and clever for my simple reading tastes. I love a good story, a book that grips me and makes me want to find out more. I didn’t really care about finding out more in this book and there wasn’t really a conclusion to speak of in the end. It was ok but I think there are better books out there to read before this one. ‘Gone Girl’ on the other hand, I’m already hooked and trying to figure out when I can sneak in some more reading time!
Wednesday, 20 February 2013
I struggled to get into it but had heard good things so I persevered. This is not a spoiler, you know from the start there’s been a murder (say it in your best Taggart voice). But the reviews I had read said what compelled them to keep reading was the details - the how and the why. They were right and as I read on I found myself wanting to know all the details too. Especially because they were real and they happened. In the end I really enjoyed it (even though it did give me nightmares!) and I think a lot of that was due to the fact it was based on a true crime.
Stupidly I have since started another crime book, In The Woods. This one hasn't given me nightmares yet.
Monday, 18 February 2013
Monday – Falafel, couscous, pittas, tzatziki and salad
Tuesday – Spaghetti bolognaise
Wednesday – Chunky veg soup with bread
Thursday – Keema curry and wedges
Friday – at the in-laws
Saturday – at the in-laws
Sunday – Naan/pitta pizzas
I’m trying to lose a few pounds that have crept on over the past few months and I find planning healthy meals really works. It’s the socialising/visiting other people bit where it all falls down. My mum always has pudding when we go there and when we visit my in-laws they seem to have a constant stream of crisps on the go. I don’t like to go on about losing weight so I just eat whatever they make for meals but my willpower isn’t very good when the snacks come out. It’s also not so easy when we live quite far away from both sets of parents so we usually go for at least one night, if not two, usually involving a takeaway or meal out.
Friday, 15 February 2013
- So far I have made a ripple blanket for Ruaridh (from this pattern)
- A snowflake blanket for my sister for Christmas (from this pattern)
- A bundle of charity poppies for Cath Fearn of Cottage Crafts. She sells these on eBay to raise money for the Poppy Appeal. I'm hoping to do more of these this year and rope my mum in too!
- A giant granny square blanket for a friend’s baby girl
There are loads of free patterns available online and I love thinking of what I can make for the next baby that comes along. I tend to get bored doing the same thing over and over again so I’m trying to make something different each time. I love it - even if my hubby does call me a granny!
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Since I last blogged I’ve been a wee bit busy. A hen do, a week in the Alps and a new job! January flew by in a whirlwind and before I had a chance to catch my breath it’s the middle of February. Here’s a bit of a catch up, let me know what you’ve been up to.
I’ve taken part in 3 blog/Twitter swaps in the past couple of months –Bex’s Olive Dragonfly Secret Santa, Anna’s #heartswap and the Any Other Woman bookswap. I've loved getting the presents together for my recipients and also receiving exciting parcels in the post. My gifts were all fab -thank you so much Anna, Vivienne and Laura x - and I can’t wait to read my bookswap book, ‘Of Bees and Mist’ by Eric Setiwan. I’ve never heard of it before but the blurb sounds good.
We’ve managed to do a bit of sorting out and made a few changes in our flat and as a result I feel far happier there now than at the end of last year. Our bedroom is painted, carpeted and has some things on the walls - a small deer head and our anniversary Quentin Blake print. I love them both. Plus Ikea have kindly brought out a new storage unit that was clearly designed to fit the space in our hall, thanks Swedish Furniture Gods.
My local libraries offer a free ordering system that it would be rude not to take advantage of. After seeing a few end of year book rounds ups, I excitedly ordered several (ok, 10) books thinking they wouldn’t all come in together – they did. I may be some time.
So 2013 has got off to a fine start. Since present swapping and Ikea browsing don’t take up *all* of my time, we’ve managed to watch the whole first series of the West Wing (Go Bartlett!) and find a replacement car for the one someone kindly wrote off for us. I’ve also been crocheting up a storm for the baby boom that is my life but I’ll save that for another post!